"THORNBURY, a parish, post and market town, in the lower division of the hundred of the same name, county Gloucester, 11 miles N.E. of Bristol, and 22 S.W. of Gloucester. It is situated in the vale of Berkeley, on the banks of a small rivulet, about 2 miles E. of the river Severn, and near the Gloucester railway. It is a polling-place for the W. division of the county, and a petty sessions town. The parish contains the chapelries of Falfield, Oldbury-on-Severn, Rangeworthy, and the tything of Kington Moorton, where the Union poorhouse is situated.

[Extracted from transcription of The National Gazetteer of


Archives & Libraries

  • Original source material relating to Thornbury, and other parishes in Diocese of Gloucester may be found at the Gloucestershire Archives.
  • Thornbury Museum - as well as describing the Museum's holdings, this site has a brief account of Thornbury, The Town - "The Historic Borough and Town of Thornbury".



Church History

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Church Records

The tables below summarise the extent of the registers of the main parish Church, St Mary the Virgin

St Mary the Virgin: Originals at Gloucester archives
Type Period Notes
Baptisms 1550 - 1995  
Banns 1550 - 1995  
Marriages 1550 - 1995  
Burials 1550 - 1995  
Draft Registers 1627 - 1647 Rough Registers and drafts
  1684 - 1751  
  1775 and undated  
St Mary the Virgin: Online sources
Source Period Type Images Transcriptions Search Notes
Thornbury Roots     Free
  1550 -1699 Baptisms N Y In individual docs  
  1550 - 1608 Marriages N Y In individual docs  
  1550 - 1699 Burials N Y In individual docs  
Scribes Alcove     Free
  1737 - 1881 Baptisms N Y Full  
  1700 -1900 Marriages N Y Full Except 1719 - 1728
  1700 - 1900 Burials N Y Full  
Free BMD     Free
  1837-2011 Births, Marriages, Beaths Y N Full Images are of index.
Thornbury is in the ? Registration district
Find My Past     Pay for details
    Baptisms, Marriages, Burials Y   Y  
Ancestry     Pay for details
    Baptisms, Marriages, Burials Y   Y  
  ??? Baptisms, Marriages, Burials Y      
  • Snippet from the parish register:
    "NB On Saturday March the Eleventh 1780, Bread was brought from Iron Acton to Thornbury, and sold at the following Rate: viz. Best Wheaten, Twelve pounds weight for one shilling, Best Household Whn, Fourteen (pounds) for one shilling. At wch time Bread was made and sold in Thornbury, at much lesser weight, at the same price." - ex. RRL, 1988.



Description & Travel

You can see pictures of Thornbury which are provided by:









  • Thornbury Roots The local group in Thornbury has produced a very useful site. Specific links are given in various categories



Historical Geography


You can see the administrative areas in which Thornbury has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference ST647909 (Lat/Lon: 51.615961, -2.51059), Thornbury which are provided by:


Probate Records




  • U3A is a local society with a family history group